Posted by: aediculaantinoi | March 5, 2014

The Trophimoi Festival 2014: The Treískouroi

At last (!?!), we come to the 2014 Festival of the Trophimoi and Family of Herodes Attikos, which begins with the festival of the Treískouroi–Antinous, Polydeukion, and Lucius Marius Vitalis, the main God, the main Hero, and the main Sanctus of the Ekklesía Antínoou. (And, in case you wondered, our main Divus is Hadrian, and our main Diva is Sabina, and likely our main Heroine is Appia Annia Regilla, who is part of the Family of Herodes Attikos…!).

But, in other religions, it’s also another holiday today, and so in honor of that, I present to you the following photo of Antinous.

As Stephen Fry once said in a sketch, “Get! That! Arse!” 😉

Among the things which will be occurring this week of devotions is the first-ever semi-public ritual devoted to the Trophimoi and Family of Herodes Attikos, down in Redmond (an eastern suburb of Seattle) this coming Saturday, March 8th. More details can be found here. I’m looking forward to that very much indeed!

However, I also have individual devotional goals for the week, which includes (surprise, surprise!) writing at least one poem each day. This year, I’ll be writing poems in the voice of each of the celebrated dates’ primary recipients of devotion, in honor of some other deity or hero–as, being a polytheist, it is always important to remember that no divine being exists in a vacuum, before or after their death if they are a human who becomes a hero or god, or even if they are a god: remember, it was Hermes who is one of many deities credited with innovating sacrifice to the gods.

Because today honors the Treískouroi generally, you’ll find the givers and the receivers of the poetic offerings on this day interesting, I suspect…! So, stay tuned for that later today/in a short while, and there may be other things on the way as well, depending on how time and energy levels go in the next ten hours.

Hail, Thanks, and Praise to the Treískouroi!
Hail, Thanks, and Praise to Antinous!
Hail, Thanks, and Praise to Polydeukion!
Hail, Thanks, and Praise to Lucius Marius Vitalis!
Hail, Thanks, and Praise to the Trophimoi!
Hail, Thanks, and Praise to the Family of Herodes Attikos!


  1. Ave.

  2. I am reading older entries about this and the upcoming feast days, and when I saw that pic, I thought, There’s a shot like that in Wilde, of Jude Law from the back. I thought he had the most beautiful back I’d ever seen, like a Stradivarius. Jude Law c. 1990 would have made a lovely English Antinous.

    • Ah! I had forgotten that was the photo I used for this last year…

      I often have to get pretty creative for this festival, or any involving Lucius Marius Vitalis. It’s ironic he is being grouped with the two young men more portrayed in the ancient world than most men far older and more politically significant than they were, somewhat. 😉

      (And I had forgotten my Stephen Fry quote above, too!)

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